Paris Saint-Germain kicked off a summer of big spending by agreeing to spend a reported €50m on Chelsea defender David Luiz.
The Brazilian international joined the Blues during the January transfer window in 2011 from Portuguese champions Benfica, and he went on to make 143 appearances for the club in all competitions.
Last season, however, Luiz found himself out of Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho’s first-team plans, and the 27-year-old started just 15 Premier League games – the majority in a midfield position.
With Chelsea struggling to comply with UEFA’s Financial Fair Play rules, the sale of Luiz was not unexpected, although his destination was thought likely to be Barcelona after a report in Brazil suggested that the clubs were close to an agreement.
French champions Paris Saint-Germain, however, have apparently got their man - subject only to Luiz agreeing personal terms with PSG and passing a medical examination.
The former Benfica star took to Twitter to thank Chelsea and the fans for everything they have done, before posting a little message for his new club.
Tks CFC for this time of great partnership. I'm thankful for all! It's a new challenge and together we ll go even further. Allez Paris!— David Luiz (@DavidLuiz_4) Mayo 24, 2014
Luiz won three trophies playing for the Blues, as he captured an FA Cup and Champions League double under manager Roberto Di Matteo, before adding Europa League success last season under interim Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez.
Chelsea are now left with four central defenders for next season, with the club counting on John Terry and Gary Cahill to share their experience with highly-rated youngsters Kurt Zouma and Tomas Kalas.